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Kruno
12-20-02, 09:05 AM
CPU??? P4-2000-512 Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz Socket 478 $330
or? P4-2400-512(533) Intel Pentium 4 2.4Ghz Socket 478 $399
or? XP2400 AMD THOROUGHBRED XP $399
Hard drive: Seagate ST380021A 80 GIG $200
Sound card: Sound Blaster Live DE $75
Mother board?? VIA P4X266 VIA P4X266 Pentium 4 Socket 478 DDR support $100
Gigabyte GA-8IGX Socket478/l845G/ATX/533FSB/3DDR/6PCI/AGP/VGA/AC97/LAN/USB2.0. $230
video card: Radeon 9700 ATI Radeon 9700 pro 128mb, AGP 8x $575
RAM: 512 DDR $310
cd rom: Sony DDU161188 16x DVD (40x cdrom) OEM $110
Other
Network card: Surecom EP-320X-R 10/100 PCI $25
Case: ATX Midi tower USB 300w $75

This is a general idea on what he want's, he is not to sure on cpu and mobo. I want you guys to give recomendations. He wants a PC that is at max price of $200 AUD.
He wants to also know if a configuration like that is comaptible and stable.
Thanks

-=DVS=-
12-20-02, 10:50 AM
Well XP 2400 will probably perform better then P4 2400 :confused: , but you can overcloack P4 more easly :rolleyes: , but then again if you buy AMD get Nforce 2 or else you will be waisting your money or at very least Nforce 1 for best stability and performance also if you buy AMD get 2 stick of DDr ram for dual chanell support ,

P4 will do best with Rdram , with DDR its a bit worse then Athlon :rolleyes:

www.tomshardware.com have some good comparisions link (http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20021218/index.html)

Kruno
12-20-02, 10:53 AM
He doesn't want to overclock any of his parts.

Tactics
12-20-02, 02:42 PM
Hard drive: Seagate ST380021A 80 GIG $200
Sound card: Sound Blaster Live DE $75

This is a general idea on what he want's, he is not to sure on cpu and mobo. I want you guys to give recomendations. He wants a PC that is at max price of $200 AUD.


$200! he can get a WD 100 gig 8 MB cache for around $100-120

I would have him spend another $15 or $20 and get an Audigy. Sb Live are ancient for $75 big ones.

I would also suggest getting a PSU of more than 300w. 400 is the minimum these days imo.


I'm confused with the last part. He only wants to spend $200?? maybe a typo there? :) maybe $2000?

Smokey
12-20-02, 04:51 PM
Yes im guessing also that the $200 is a typo :p
Now Im going to take a guess here on a system for $2000 based on "world" prices, as to me $2000 should be a top of the range system? If so I would go with the following.

An AthlonXP2400+ - 2800+ depending on price
nForce2 motherboard Asus, Epox MSI anyone of the big names should do, it will come down to features and price.
512mb PC2700 DDR or higher
GF4Ti4200 128mb or higher, see article in other thread about video cards + AthlonXP2700+ from Toms Hardware.
New Maxtor HDD w/8mb buffer, I think Seagate only support upto UDMA100 not 133
DVDs I dont think there is any real difference, going with a cheaper model will be fine.
No CDR/RW? Lite On have some good cheap fast writers.
Case, most new cases now will come with a 350w psu which will be fine.
Depending on which nForce, you wont need a network card or sound card.

Also keep in mind, that an AthlonXP2000+ will be faster for gaming than either the P42GHz or 2.4GHz

As I said, Im out of touch with Australian pricing, but my first car cost $1500 AUS To give us an idea of price, what sort of Dell system can you get for $2000 in Oz? This is a good way to get an idea of what you get and improve upon that for the same price :D

Kruno
12-20-02, 09:37 PM
Thanks guys, yes $200 is a type, should be $2000. :)